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I probably should have done this sooner but after being so deeply involved in Belmar politics for so many years it was hard to let go.  I’ve decided now to let go.  Honestly it just hasn’t really been that much fun since the Doherty show left town anyway.  The change in administrations actually changed things more for me than moving out of Belmar did.  It used to be so easy to find things to write about but now it’s sort of become a chore and I don’t want to have to spend time every morning looking for stuff about Belmar to share.

From today on the blog will be more focused on New Hampshire and national issues as they pertain to my new home state. I’ve purchased the URL , which when it’s up will link to this page.  Should be working in one or two days.  The link will continue to work as well.

If I do come across anything interesting about Belmar I will post it for those of you who might continue to check in from time to time but I’m not going to worry about going for days or even weeks without any new content to publish.

Obviously I have no readers up here, just like the old original days of the blog.  I may or may not try to gain a following up here, we’ll see how much energy I feel like putting into it.  I’m not really worried about it one way or the other.

Thank you all for reading all these years (11 to be exact) and you are all welcome to keep visiting.  For the foreseeable future the blog will be here and will never forget its roots in Belmar and I will never forget all the wonderful friends I have there.

I’m re-opening the comments but for at least the next few days I’m going to act like the rest of the media and not publish anything I don’t like.


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you Dave! I for one will miss this. You have exposed corruption even in small town Belmar. You have always backed it up with facts. Thank you! I will be checking back on occasion!

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  2. Thanks Dave wrote:

    Without you and your blog, I would not have known about half of the things going on in Belmar.

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  3. anonymous wrote:

    Thanks Dave! Perhaps take the winter off and come back in the summer when there is always something to publish

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  4. SPL wrote:

    Belmar DPW best in all of NJ am I right?!!!!✊✊✊✊. One on one all of our guys vs Wall Twp who would win??

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  5. Joan Corallo wrote:

    Thank you Dave and thank you Karen for putting up with all that came with writing this blog.

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
  6. SPL wrote:

    Also to anyone who recycles please no putting plastic bags in recycling. Bags r NOT recyclable in Monmouth County. every time I open a can to dump and see a bag I go from —>☹️. Nah but for reels . Peace

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
  7. A VOTER 2 wrote:

    i saw this comming Good Luck up there where the air is clear!!!

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm | Permalink
  8. Curious & curiouser wrote:

    You Dave were the eyes and ears of Belmar for so many of us;sleuthing must have been in your genes for many years as well.

    Thank you, Dave and your patient and loving spouse, Karen.

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  9. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Well done Dave – Gods speed.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:31 am | Permalink
  10. Belmar’s loss wrote:

    Dave, although we disagree on, well, pretty much everything, we did see eye on Doherty and this minions. It was your hard work and courageous act of speaking truth to power that brought him and the whole corrupt crew down. You deserve to move on from this town and it’s continuing political problems.
    One last disagreement though: the rest of the ‘media’ isn’t refusing to publish things they don’t like. It’s just that they publish things that YOU don’t like. Nevertheless, this blog has been nothing short of a public service and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:46 am | Permalink
  11. Katrina wrote:

    The information on Common Sense for Belmar has been invaluable to our town. Honesty and impartial exposure of varied sources all in one place. Facts and documentation. What I’ve always admired about your reporting Dave is that you put info up that wasn’t necessarily your own opinion of things. All and only when you had facts.
    I personally find you one of the most honorable people I know.
    Thank you my friend. And to Karen I send my love and admiration for sharing your husband with us all these years. I know it wasn’t easy! God Bless you all.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  12. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Refocusing makes sense. You are right, that it has not been so interesting and engaging around here without the creep Doherty and his crew to report on. Best I can hope for these days is for him to step on doggie-doo while he runs around town. Thank you for all your hard work on this blog. My friends and I will miss you.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  13. Resident wrote:

    This blog was always great source of information for me regarding the political crap that goes on in this town. I agree there hasn’t been too much corruption since the Doherty, Magovern, Connolly administration.
    The most disappointing crime that seemed to go unpunished is the Boatgate incident involving Kirschenbaum, Huisman, Poff and Campbell who is now gone. And of course the re hiring of inept Huisman at DPW for an 83k do nothing job.
    I will miss this blog. Thank you for your time and effort.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  14. Jillian Lynch wrote:

    Dave, Thank you for your hard work and dedication over the years. The blog was a huge service to the residents of Belmar. Best of luck on your new blog!

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    Thank you all for the kind words. Great to know the work was appreciated.

    BTW…I’m still planning to publish any information I get about the Harmon lawsuit, which is still ongoing, and also I have a request in with April for the official results for all the races on the Belmar ballot, which we should see within a day or two.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    10, Belmar’s Loss, if you think the media is objective and that they don’t publish some things because they don’t fit the narrative then you are one of the most clueless and naive and brain washed people on the face of the earth.
    Dave and family, thanks for all of your sacrifices. I’m going to miss knowing what’s really going on. According to number 10 it probably should have just been posted on Belmar’s website.
    Sometimes you have to look for the truth but you just made it a lot easier to do so. Enjoy NH, it sounds great, just too cold.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Dave. Thanks for your tireless dedication and love for the town of Belmar. You are truly one of a kind.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  18. Guest wrote:

    Dave, thank you. I think the Mayor should make an exception and declare you as the first NH resident as Belmar Citizen of the year!!! Who’s with me???

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  19. Summer Timer wrote:

    Admin, you were a game changer that brought positive results for Belmar… You did alot of work maintaining the blog all for free… THANK YOU!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:25 am | Permalink
  20. elemental wrote:

    #18 Here, here! Brilliant idea! Original element, he is. (or was…)

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:30 am | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you Dave and a Karen for looking out for the citizens, residents and visitors of and to Belmar. #LiveFreeorDie

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  22. Ken Pringle wrote:

    Thank you, Dave, for your tireless commitment these past 11 years on the blog — and as an informed and vocal resident for many years before that — to making Belmar a better place. While I have always been in awe of your work ethic, I have been most impressed by your integrity and fairness. And that was especially the case, as Katrina noted, on those many occasions when you reported on things you didn’t necessarily agree with. Belmar’s loss will be New Hampshire’s gain.

    Last, a big thank you to Karen and your daughters for all the support they have given you along the way. Belmar would not be the same today without the Schneck family.

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 6:12 am | Permalink
  23. admin wrote:

    What nice things you said Kenny. Thanks so much!

    You guys are all being too nice. It’s really difficult to be humble when people are saying such great things about you. I’m starting to believe all this.

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:54 am | Permalink
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    B E L I E V E it toots

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:20 am | Permalink
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    The world needs more citizens like you and we might not be in the mess we are in with career politicians.
    If people learned anything that Belmar was just a microcosm of the bigger swamp. Matt and his people damaged and hurt the town and many individuals. But they sail off into the sunset with a cushy well paying job because of political connections.
    The politicians work for the people but some how things have gotten turned around. Or perhaps it has always been like that but only a few rose above the corruption and power.
    Cheers to you Dave !!! I am sure it was not always easy but you did the right thing and that is rare, rare trait!!

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:35 am | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    #25- Well you almost had me with the “career politician” thought. Spot on. And people voted for Biden. I just don’t get it. However you lost me when bashing Matt and his people and not equating our present regime with similar tactics. An 83k un-needed, made up, do nothing job to a “has been” crook who stole from the town in the past (free boat slip scheme) croonie. Continue to waste my money.

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 3:56 pm | Permalink
  27. Belmar’s loss wrote:

    #16 I do believe that. I think that being against a free press in a society build on the freedom of speech and expression, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. This blog and the work Dave has done is a testimony to that. There were (are) a whole lot of people that would love to see this site shut down. They see it as biased. Do you? No, you don’t. Because while Dave posts things that certain people don’t like, it doesn’t mean he’s lying, now does it? We’re not allowed to pick and choose which facts we want to believe. I accept that you think I’m ‘one of the most clueless and naive and brainwashed people on earth’ but my eyes are wide open my friend. I see clearly the absolute necessity of a free press to hold our leaders accountable. It’s the folks that only want good news about their party or their politician that create the perfect soil for the seeds of authoritarianism to grow. Remember, just because the news is bad, doesn’t mean it ain’t so.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  28. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #27 – Agreed up to a point. I don’t believe we’ve had a “free press” for years now. What we have now is for the most part, controlled news. There are areas of freedom now on the computer, but the main stream media is just controlled garbage both “left” and “right.” Even Hollywood, “sports” and tv (I advise people to get rid of their tv) commercials are controlled.
    To replace tv, I advise listening to good music, reading everything (according to the persons age of course – and writing short essays), hiking and working outdoors. The outdoors is like a elixir to everything going on around us in this macabre world we live in. Under no circumstances allow the child to have a phone before the age of fourteen.

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 6:42 am | Permalink
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    28-Totally agree with the second section of your commentary.

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

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